District Nutrition Personnel Readying for new academic year

District Nutrition Personnel Readying for new academic year
Posted on 07/12/2015

In order for that to happen, Supervisor of Nutrition Patsi Gregory says her staff of more than 90 are already planning and preparing for that day as well as the regular school days that will follow.

Averaging nearly 17,000 breakfasts per week, and nearly 35,000 lunches in the same period, Gregory’s department is already gearing up for what most students and parents simply take for granted each day.

Cafeteria managers are in their kitchens and cafeterias throughout the summer months, monitoring equipment and conditions, ensuring the least opportunity for “surprises,” that might negatively affect their ability to maintain the high standards required of their profession.

Training is an ongoing part of the district’s nutritional program, with training events held at both district and individual school levels.   The Tennessee School Nutrition Association held their annual statewide conference last month, and RCS will host a two-day district training program later in July.  This development event is jointly attended by Stewart County nutritional personnel and includes speakers from the TSNA, all with the goal of continuing professional development within the department. 

Gregory said her department remains busily occupied during the summer months with activities including: bidding out food delivery services for the coming year, taking new applications for reduced meal benefits, testing new recipes and ingredient amounts, creating new meal menus, assigning new staff to needed cafeteria vacancies, training staff, and deep cleaning at both the beginning and end of the summer break.

In addition to regular summer responsibilities, Gregory has been tasked this summer with ensuring the new Crestview Elementary School is able to provide student, faculty, and staff meals when school begins.  To that end,  Gregory has selected veteran cafeteria manager Debbie Bridges, in part because of her previous experience with opening a new school’s nutritional program. 

All cafeteria managers will be making their initial food orders in less than two weeks on the 24th of July, and receiving their first food deliveries on the 30th.  Five days later, without fanfare, they’ll begin their school year providing breakfast for all RCS students.  Serving, in many cases, literally without notice, this dedicated team of employees is tasked with the daily nutritional responsibilities in each of the 20 RCS schools across the county.

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